Lao People's Democratic Republic: GMS Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Development Project - Phase II

Sovereign Project | 37734-022 Status: Closed

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Project Name GMS Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Development Project - Phase II
Project Number 37734-022
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4323-LAO: GMS Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Development Project - Phase II
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Large hydropower generation

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The objectives of the TA is to undertake the second phase of the preparatory work for the Nam Theun II Hydropower Development Project (NT2 Project). The scope of the TA will include (i) incorporation of the findings of the Phase I technical assistance (PPTA No. 4213-LAO: GMS Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Development Project); (ii) confirmation of specific aspects of the economic and financial viability and integrating the results of the social and environmental benefit-cost analysis; (iii) assessment of the macroeconomic impacts of the NT2 Project; (iv) implementaion of the short-and medium-term capacity building program for effective mitigation of social and environmental impacts being developed under PPTA 4213-LAO; (v) supporting the Lao Government's initiatives for communication with the project-affected people; (vi) facilitation of project coordination and management; and (vii) facilitation of effective consultation/participation with various stakeholders including local and international non-government agencies.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services It is envisaged that two firms and a team of individual consultants will be engaged to provide services. One firm will undertake the project economic analysis, financial analysis, and macroeconomic analysis/poverty assessment work. Financial and economic analysis work will mainly involve confirmation and enhancement of the work undertaken by the project sponsor and the other development partners. A second firm will implement the capacity building program for mitigation of social and environmental impacts. Individual consultants will be engaged to undertake specific tasks including communication, civil society coordination, and project management/coordination.
Procurement No civil works/goods required.
Responsible ADB Officer Duy-Thanh Bui
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Infrastructure Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Concept Clearance 21 Aug 2003
Fact Finding 27 Jan 2004 to 30 Jan 2004
Approval 29 Mar 2004
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Feb 2007

TA 4323-LAO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Mar 2004 30 Apr 2004 30 Apr 2004 30 Sep 2005 25 Mar 2006 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 29 Mar 2004 982,293.38

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  • 17 Nov 2010 | Article

    Life Beyond the Dam

    Though a hydropower project relocated villagers, it also brought electricity, roads, and schools to a remote valley. Phon Sa-On Resettlement Village, Nakai Province - Kai Kensavaong will never again walk the muddy lanes of her birth village. Her old home is beneath a reservoir of caramel-brown water. "I'll never forget that place," said the 41-year-old villager, her lips dyed pink from chewing betel nut. "It was my home. I picked my first bamboo stalks there."
  • 31 Jan 2009 | Project Result / Case Study

    Hydropower Helps Lift Rural Communities

    The $1.25 billion Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project in central Lao PDR is improving the economic landscape in one of Asia's poorest countries In the remote jungles of central Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), a landmark experiment has been going on. A vast array of hard hats and heavy machinery has been working on a project that has been changing the lives of thousands of families and boosting the economy of one of Asia's poorest - yet most promising - countries.